Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

Year of release: 1967.
MPAA rating: not rated.
Run time: 108 minutes.

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      In this cinema classic, the daughter of a well-to-do white family, named Joey Drayton (Katharine Houghton), comes home from a vacation to announce her intentions of marrying her fiance John Wade Prentice (Sidney Poitier). When the man turns out to be a distinguished black doctor, the “liberal” parents (Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy) are forced to reexamine their beliefs regarding interracial marriage and come to terms with the implications.

      This has been one of my favorite movies since I first saw it when I was in high school. Sidney Poitier has been one of my favorite actors since the first time I saw him in “Lilies Of The Field”. This movie is funny and touching and is still as relevant today as it was in 1967. The entire cast is remarkable, but the chemistry between Tracy and Hepburn has never been better. Sadly, Spencer Tracy died shortly after filming was completed, which made Hepburn’s Academy Award win a bittersweet victory. Beah Richards, who portrays Mrs. Prentice (Sidney Poitier’s mother) was also nominated for an Academy Award and, although she did not win, I believe her performance to one of the best in the film. This is a great feel-good movie, with superb writing and acting, and I never tire of watching it.

Spencer Tracy -- Matt Drayton
Sidney Poitier -- John Wade Prentice
Katharine Hepburn -- Christina Drayton
Katharine Houghton -- Joey Drayton
Cecil Kellaway -- Monsignor Ryan
Beah Richards -- Mrs. Prentice
Roy E. Glenn Sr. -- Mr. Prentice
Isabel Sanford -- Tillie
Virginia Christine -- Hilary St. George
Alexandra Hay -- Carhop
Barbara Randolph -- Dorothy
D'Urville Martin -- Frankie
Tom Heaton -- Peter
Grace Gaynor -- Judith
John Hudkins -- Cab Driver

Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Producer: Stanley Kramer
Director: Stanley Kramer
Screenwriter: William Rose
Cinematographer: Sam Leavitt
Editor: Robert C. Jones
Composer: Frank DeVol

Academy Award:
Best Actress – Katharine Hepburn
Best Original Screenplay – William Rose

Best Picture
Best Director – Stanley Kramer
Best Actor – Spencer Tracy
Best Supporting Actress – Beah Richards
Best Supporting Actor – Cecil Kellaway
Best Art Direction – Robert Clatworthy
Best Editing – Robert C. Jones
Best Art Direction – Frank Tuttle
Best Score – Frank DeVol

British Academy Award:
Best Actress – Katharine Hepburn
Best Actor – Spencer Tracy

United Nations Award – Stanley Kramer

Recognized by the American Film Institute in 1998 as one of the 100 Greatest American Movies.

      As with so many other great films, this movie is memorable for a wonderful song.  The song in this film is called “The Glory Of Love”.  This music is woven throughout the film and the song is sung during the opening credits, and again triumphantly as the credits roll at the end of the movie, by Jacqueline Fontaine.  The song was written by Billy Hill and was originally a number one hit for bandleader Benny Goodman back in 1936.  It has been recorded by hundreds of artists including Bette Midler who recorded it for her 1989 movie, “Beaches”.  The lyrics are reprinted below:

“The Glory Of Love”
by Billy Hill

You’ve got to give a little, take a little
And let your poor heart break a little
That’s the story of,
That’s the glory of love

You’ve got to laugh a little, cry a little
Until the clouds roll by a little
That’s the story of,
That’s the glory of love

As long as there’s the two of us
We’ve got the world and all its charms
And when the world is through with us
We’ve got each other’s arms

You’ve got to win a little, lose a little
Yes, and always have the blues a little
That’s the story of,
That’s the glory of love

That’s the story of,
That’s the glory of love

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